Languages of Nova Scotia

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Languages of Nova Scotia is a film training initiative celebrating language diversity in Nova Scotia, presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP). The five languages being celebrated as part of this initiative include: A’ Ghàidhlig / Gaelic, Farsi, Français / French, Maritime Sign Language / American Sign Language, L’nui’simk / Mi’kmaq. Languages of Nova Scotia is made up of two phases: Phase 1: Outreach and Training followed by Phase 2: Production.

Phase 1: Outreach and Training offers free Filmmaking Weekend Workshops in five non-English language communities across Nova Scotia. Below is a list of workshops being offered:

A’ Ghàidhlig / Gaelic
Location: The Gaelic College (51779 Cabot Trail, Englishtown, NS B0C 1H0)
Date: October 28th and 29th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
More information: afcoop.ca/gaelic

Farsi
Location: Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101, Halifax, NS, B3K 1B6)
Date: November 4th and 5th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
More information: http://afcoop.ca/farsi

Français / French
Location: L’école Secondaire de Clare (80 Placide Comeau Rd, Meteghan River, NS B0W 2L0)
Date: November 11th and 12th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
More information: afcoop.ca/french

Maritime Sign Language / American Sign Language
Location: NSCC – Ivany Campus (80 Mawiomi Pl, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5)
Date: November 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
More information: afcoop.ca/signlanguage

L’nui’simk / Mi’kmaq
Location: Allison Bernard Memorial High School (4673 Shore Rd, Eskasoni, NS B0A 1J0)
Date: November 25th and 26th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
More information: afcoop.ca/mikmaq

Please reach out to a Languages of Nova Scotia Coordinator to express interest in participating in the workshop:
Email: languages@afcoop.ca
Phone: 902 405 4474 ext. 2

Call For Applications to Phase 2: Production 

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative is accepting applications for five people to make their first short film in their language as part of the Languages of Nova Scotia Initiative. Successful applicants will receive film training and funding to create their first short film.

To be eligible to apply to this initiative, applicants must indicate a connection to one of the following five languages being celebrated by the Languages of Nova Scotia Initiative:

  • A’ Ghàidhlig / Gaelic
  • Farsi / Persian
  • Français / French
  • Maritime Sign Language / American Sign Language
  • L’nui’simk / Mi’kmaq

One person will be chosen from each language community to receive intensive film training, attend a Master Class series and receive funding to create a short film in their respective language. The participants will be paired with a local mentor and an established director mentor who will provide support, guidance and feedback throughout the filmmaking process.

Successful applicants will be chosen by a peer selection committee composed of individuals with a connection to the language/culture being celebrated. Applicants are encouraged to reflect on the theme of language and culture in their project concept.

Deadline to apply is Monday February 12th @ midnight

Click here to review the Guidelines for the Call for Applications

Click here to complete the Online Application Form

Click here to download and fill out the Call for Applications Form

For questions you may have about the Application Process, please contact: languages@afcoop.ca

Languages of Nova Scotia is made possible by the generous support of Canada Council New Chapter program and the provincial 150 Forward Fund.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Ce projet est l’un des 200 projets exceptionnels soutenus par le programme Nouveau chapitre du Conseil des arts du Canada. Avec cet investissement 35 M$, le Conseil des arts appuie la création et le partage des arts au cœur de nos vies et dans l’ensemble du Canada.

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